News features and technical articles about the evolution of aquaculture, one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

New Zealand


Can a ‘chemical fingerprint’ deter seafood fraud?

Because paper trails aren’t perfect, some food producers are going beyond written or digital records to prove their products’ authenticity and prevent economic fraud. Is farmed seafood a perfect fit for forensic-science traceability? 

Health & Welfare

Fish producers benefit from humane slaughter techniques

EU legislation requires farmed fish be spared unnecessary pain, distress or suffering at slaughter, and efficient manual and automated systems have been developed to help achieve this goal. What’s more, longer shelf life and improved flesh quality have been reported. 

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Health & Welfare

Metabolomics approaches to improve mussel larval production

Variability in the quantity and quality of larval yields limit aquaculture growth. New biotechnological advances promise to revolutionize the way we assess and solve bottlenecks. A study demonstrated the use of metabolomics to assess and classify mollusk larvae quality and 


New Zealand addresses social factors in aquaculture development

The regulatory system for aquaculture in New Zealand addresses social and cultural factors through legislation and policies that strongly utilize public consultation. The indigenous Mäori people, for example, play an integral role in aquaculture development. 

Health & Welfare

New Zealand breeding expansion addresses high-value species

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research has established broodstock research for several emerging species to provide genetically diverse, domesticated stocks for aquaculture industry expansion.